Most Managers Couldn’t Have Hung On Like Newcastle Manager

To be truthful, we are still a little bit shocked that given the terrible results Alan Pardew has had at Newcastle this year – he is still the Newcastle manager – but he’s caused his (many) detractors to become just a little bit quiet of late.

Don Hutchison at west ham  lanscape

Don Hutchinson while at West Hamm
Where’s the ball?

That website is still active, but their last article was back on Halloween – and since then we’ve beaten Liverpool 1-0 at home and West Brom 2-0 away and the lads, especially our younger players,  have played very well, and young Ayoze Perez scored a (great) goal in each one of those games.

Players like Paul Dummett and Mehdi Abeid have been playing so well for the team since then.

That last article basically said that the bunch will be right,  and soon Pardew will be back losing games – or something to that affect – it was a long article.

Gateshead-born Don Hutchinson, the former Sunderland player has a very good column in the Chronicle, and Don called for Alan Pardew’s firing some weeks ago.

Don played for West Ham from 2001-2005, and Pardew was the manager there from 2003 until the end of 2006 – so Don has played for Alan – so he knows how the man operates on the training filed and in the dressing room.

Don thinks it’s Alan’s arrogance that has kept him in the job, but he admits that if he was Alan he would have walked away from the job weeks ago – and we’re convinced a lot of other managers would have done that too.

This is some of what Don has said today:

I thought the Newcastle United manager should have been sacked, but the man is proving us all wrong now

If I were Alan Pardew I would have walked out on Newcastle United weeks ago.

In fact, most other people in football couldn’t have taken all the flack. Who needs or wants that in their lives?

Pardew couldn’t even stand on the touchline without being verbally abused by his own fans. It must have been horrible and I genuinely felt sorry for the guy, despite our past differences.

To be fair to Pardew, he handled it all really well.

I couldn’t have taken it. The man looked ill. He wasn’t himself. I felt that it would be in his best interests to walk away. Nobody could have blamed him.

However, there is something in Pardew’s make-up, a mixture of arrogance and being thick-skinned, that made him stay and determined to ride out the storm.

I would actually suggest it’s 90 per cent arrogance – I know from personal experience that makes up so much of his personality.

That’s not me having a go because Pardew’s seemingly unshakable self-belief got him through. It’s a good job that is his character because many more would have said; “That’s it for me, no more.”

One of the things we like about Don is that he is willing to change his opinion when the facts change – and that’s difficult for some people.

And he’s also brutally honest about himself.

Those are good insights by Don Hutchinson, because most other clubs would have fired Alan, and if he hadn’t been fired,  many other managers would have simply walked away.

It’s almost the same as when a CEO of a company has a continuing set of poor financial results, and they have to somehow turn things around – and fairly quickly – otherwise they will be fired.

That pressure can get very tough mentally the longer it goes on – which is why the vast majority of  CEOs are tough on the mental side of things.

It was Alan’s character, which included  arrogance, and what we think is an unbelievable mental toughness – that kept him doing the job on Tyneside.

You have to remember that in our poll, something close to 80% of fans wanted him fired after the Stoke defeat, and in that hostile environment he had to prepare the team for the next game.

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At that time we were convinced he was on his way out of Newcastle – we were wrong.

Pardew kept doing his job, and we’ve had a draw at Swansea, and five successive wins since that time.

Suddenly – and almost out of the blue, Alan and his players have rather dramatically turned this whole thing around.

The results of the last five game – all wins – have been fantastic – and all we are thinking about now is how many wins and how many points can we get on the board before the end of the year.

But unlike last season – Alan and our players have to keep it up after the turn of the year – which we didn’t do last season.

Let’s hope Mike Ashley doesn’t sell one of our top players in January – like Cheick Tiote for example.

It’s time for Alan to get more consistency into his management – and keep getting us wins.

It’s not easy at all in the Premier League these days, as the bigger clubs like the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Liverpool are finding  out this season.

But this season could even turn out to be a (very) good season for Newcastle United, and given the start we had that would be astonishing.

But we are all for that!

Howay The Lads!!

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10 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 11, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1
  • expatmag

    Nov 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2


    From the previous thread, I cant argue any of your points at all. I feel it is indeed fortunate we had injuries because I dont think Pardew would gave been courageous to select kids over seniors otherwise.

    I still think Ashley had major input into these decisions

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    He didn’t even mention the poor Malawians!! The first Naval battle of WW1 was ‘fought’ on Lake Malawi. Fought is used here in probably the loosest of terms.

    It isn’t often I agree with what that bloke writes, but for once I think he is spot on.

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 11, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Ex pat

    Ye I agree, JFA said yesterday something along the lines of Ashley must have told Pardew and the players Pardews job was safe. After the Southampton game the effort and commitment was there to see when it hadn’t been in previous 6.

    That’s what’s made the real difference more than player selection, everyone gives 100% and the team carries no one.

    I’m not a Pardew fan but it’s impossible to really slate him as he’s doing what most of us wanted even if out of desperation.
    The big test is when the full squad is fit and he has to drop players and utilise the full squad.

    Still not convinced this will last but while it does I’ll be happy, it’s much better wondering when our next loss will be instead of being terrified of where next win will be.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 11, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5


    I think it was the ManC mid-week game, where AP played youngsters to protect senior players for the game at the weekend that gave them the chance to shine.
    And they did.

    Where I will give AP credit is in the games where, win or lose, the players gave 100% effort even if we didn’t manage the win.
    That wasn’t the case in the 2nd half of last season.

    A month ago, AP should have been sacked, based on our form since January.
    Now, he should be given the chance to see where this good run takes us.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 11, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t really care what made Pardew change his ways and style, Ashley, fan pressure, sheer desperation, injuries etc. 3 of those 4 factors will disappear at some point though, and him being able to stick to this new way of playing without these factors will make the big difference to public opinion on him.

    Credit has to go to Pardew for the recent turnaround, as well as the attitude of some of the players. Let’s hope he can keep it up, we had a similar run last season and then collapsed. If he can sustain good form, rather than these peaks of great form and troughs of horrendous form then I will be happy to change my opinion.

    The West Brom game was a better performance then the previous games, and that is encouraging. We are just 1 point down now on what I felt we should have at this stage based on my pre season prediction, which is a remarkable recovery given where we were. 6 points from the next 3 and we are back on track.

    However, everyone is currently beating everyone which means that for a mid table squad/club (we are that currently) then just a few bad results and we are sucked right back in.

  • expatmag

    Nov 11, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7


    A bloody disgrace mate. A battle to rival Stalingrad and Midway…

  • Sav

    Nov 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry to disagree with you, Ed but my reading of the Hutchinson column is not that he admits to getting it wrong, so much as, if he can’t say Pardew is a lousy manager, its down to his (Pardew’s) being an arrogant so-and-so. That might well be true but its somewhat mealy-mouthed and begrudging praise. Don is not above some heroic arrogance himself and clearly carries a festering grudge against a former manager.

    Next time, Don, just say ‘well done, son’ or say nowt.

  • Papavasilou

    Nov 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Can anyone explain to me why Ed is being so bloody smug about SackPardew? Horribly dismissive comments, basically mocking a movement that was entirely right to protest after 7 months of terrible defeats.

    You shouldn’t be congratulating yourself on the fact that you didn’t hold up a sign, or asking why they aren’t being loud anymore. The whole point is that in times of hardship you SHOULD question leadership, and you should protest for change.

    It is entirely ludicrous to look at 7 months of sparse wins and say “oh well, it might get better if we change nothing” – that’s the definition of insanity. I roundly applaud the people who wanted to change something, rather than poke fun at them when the manager wins for 1 month out of 8. It’s not a competition for who is right, it should be all about what is right for the club we love.

    And such dismissive comments say a lot about the person writing them.

  • MidlandsMag

    Nov 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10


    I have also noticed that Ed is becoming almost sycophantic towards Mr Pardew.

    Ed – a little more impartiality and professionalism?


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